DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Will Morgan of Northeast Dallas is the envy of most 12-year-olds, because he can often be found surrounded by cheerleaders. “It’s nice to have some friends.”
There’s a reason to cheer for Will. The 7th grader needed two leg surgeries and chemotherapy to beat a rare bone cancer in his femur. Last may, Will took his first steps on the road to recovery at Texas Motor Speedway; raising money for cancer research.
That’s where the Lake Highlands High School cheerleaders come in. The truth is, they had never heard of Will. But the night before his walk for the cure, they got wind of his charity efforts. So the squad got up early in the morning and came out to cheer for a boy they had never met.
Since then, their relationship has blossomed. The girls have kept close ties with their honorary cheerleader. They even visit him when he’s feeling down.
“As cheerleaders, we’re not only on the field cheering for a team, but we’re also cheering on people who need us and need inspiration to get through things,” says cheerleader Alexandra Burgin.
There’s something else to shout about. This is usually the time when the cheerleaders raise money to compete nationally. This year however, the money they’ve raised will go to sponsor Will when he returns to Texas Motor Speedway to walk for Cure Search for Children’s Cancer.
“It’s a walk for other patients, because there’s always new ideas and new doctors,” Will explains.
So far, the cheerleaders have raised $1,800 for Will’s cause, and there are more fundraisers still to come.
“There are so many kids in his situation. We need to find a cure so that we can stop it. It’s more important than us going to competition,” says cheerleader Sydney Dawson.
Will Morgan is a survivor, and someone to root for and he has an entire cheerleading squad to prove it.